On my weekend ride, there is one particular freeway transition that is a nice “C” shape, but ends in a sharp angle just before the straightaway. The SV, with its Dunlop Roadsmart III rubber, took this sharp transition with stability and ease, and no matter which portion of the contact patch I was on, the Dunlop tires gripped well when I dropped into the lean and hugged the corner tightly. It exited this corner smoothly and naturally, but it took some effort at the bars to straighten back up. The bike’s capabilities even released a chuckle out of me as I made my way smoothly up to freeway speeds. As the digital blocks blinked their way up the tachometer and the digital speedometer numbers increased on the LCD instrument panel, the engine was exceptionally smooth while still imparting its V-twin personality. Around 8,000 rpm, though, a little bit of a buzz started creeping into the handlebars.